We first caught a glimpse of the Cinelli Nemo Tig Disc frameset earlier this summer at Press Camp. We were told then that it was a prototype with no definite production availability. Then at Eurobike, we caught up with one of the European Cinelli distributors who were showing it to bike shop reps and confirmed that it is a real bike coming soon to a shop near you.
Cinelli Nemo Tig Disc steel disc brake road racer
The ~1900g frame is a mixture of TIG welding and some brazed joints with beautiful detailing throughout.
The Nemo Disc is a pure road race bike, with modern racing geometry rendered in the best steel available. A custom set of Columbus Spirit triple-butted tubing form the starting point for the new frame, even using the original seatstay shaping of Cinelli’s 1981 Laser road racer.
The Nemo Disc features a machined tapered headtube to offer modern 1.5″ fork compatibility. That then matches to an oversized 44mm downtube. Out back the Nemo Disc features beautifully machined 12mm thru-axle dropouts…
plus a neat set of posts for the flat mount disc brake on the opposite chainstay.
The bike comes in a wide six size range XS 48cm – XXL 61cm, but is also available in custom sizing (plus some custom features like a PF86 BB if you are into that kind of thing. This orange blossom special, a blue sky, and gray room are the three standard colors offered on the Nemo Disc. But Cinelli also offers a total of 60 custom colors.
The Nemo Disc sticks with traditional external shift wire routing on the underside of the downtube & chainstay (electronic drivetrain routing is available only on custom frames.) But it guides the hydraulic line for the rear brake inside through the downtube & chainstay, only exiting around the traditional threaded BSA bottom bracket so the hose does not disturb the clean lines of the classic steel tubing.
Max tire size is 28mm which should cover all manner of contemporary road tires. And a
Like we thought before, it does look to share the same flat-mount 12mm thru-axle Columbus Futura Disc fork with the $1800 full carbon Superstar road bike that offers similar specs in a 1000g frame.
Framesets will be available from January 2018 in limited numbers for 2300€. From that point production lead time will be about 1-2 months on individual custom orders, of course with some price premium. So expect to see the Cinelli Nemo Tig Disc steel road bike popping up in bike shops in early 2018.